A large avalanche hit several skiers on a piste in Tignes earlier, but all escaped unharmed according to reports.
The alarm was raised at about 10.20am, as the resort was beginning to open slowly due to the large amount of snow recently fallen. The avalanche risk level is currently 4 out of 5.
All lifts and pistes closed after the incident – only a few have since opened due to bad conditions.
The avalanche slid near the Tichot chairlift and slid over the Carline piste. Witnesses reported several people being buried and 500 volunteer rescuers were quickly on the scene. Those caught by the tail end of the avalanche were quickly found unharmed. The rescue operation continued but no-one else was found to be involved.
Due to the high winds and poor visibility helicopters were unable to help, and specialist rescue operators, including dogs, drove to Tignes from Bourg Saint-Maurice and Courcheval.
The avalanche follows a fatal avalanche in Tignes in which 4 people were killed last month. Fortunately, the outcome here was very different and we are all grateful to the rescuers involved.
By lunchtime the scene was cleared but snow is still falling and the avalanche risk level is still very high, so skiers are being warned not to venture off piste.
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